Nebraska Chamber Players kick off 15th anniversary season on NET's Friday LIVE from Norfolk

You now know them as the Nebraska Chamber Players, and true to their word they are venturing out into the central part of the state to make their first appearance under the new name. The Players will perform live from the Norfolk Arts Center Friday, September 9, on NET-Radio's Friday LIVE. Tune in at 9:00 am as host Bill Stibor chats with Creative Director Becky Van de Bogart about the upcoming season, and hear a preview of some of the exciting music we have planned for this year. Friday LIVE can be heard on your local NET-Radio station, or online at If you live in the Norfolk area, we'd love to have you join us in person at the Norfolk Arts Center, 305 North 5th Street. There will be free coffee and rolls starting at 8:30 am, as well as plenty of friends and great conversation. Come meet the Nebraska Chamber Players!


Season Concert Series Begins September 23 & 25

Jackie Mattingly

Jackie Mattingly

Plan now to join us for Nebraska Chamber Players' first regular season concert series—Friday, September 23 at 8 pm, or Sunday, September 25 at 3 pm. You'll hear brilliant music for piano and winds: Beethoven's elegant Trio for flute, bassoon, and piano; Glinka's very romantic Trio Pathétique for clarinet, bassoon and piano; and Reinecke's fiery and dramatic Trio, Op. 284, for piano, clarinet and horn.

Joining the Players for the Reinecke trio will be Jacqueline Mattingly on horn. Originally from Canada, Jackie holds music degrees from Brandon University and the University of Calgary, as well as a doctorate in horn performance from the University of North Carolina Greensboro. She has performed professionally with numerous orchestras and chamber ensembles (including the Lincoln and Omaha Symphonies), and is currently on the faculty at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

Tickets are $22 for adults or $5 for students (under 10 free), and are available at the door. SAVE by ordering our uniquely flexible Season Pass, good for four admissions to any combination of regular season concerts. The pass is completely transferable, and may even be shared with a friend. For more information, go to


OLLI and Nebraska Chamber Players Launch "Musically Speaking"

Why do they call it a French Horn? (and other interesting anecdotes)

Nebraska Chamber Players is pleased to partner with Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) and NET Radio to present a series of fun and informative public talks entitled "Musically Speaking." The first talk of the season will be held Tuesday, September 20, 1:45-3:30 pm, at NET.

NET Radio host (and our own horn player) Graham House will inform and entertain participants with a condensed, anecdotal journey through music history while tracing the development of the horn and its literature.

All "Musically Speaking" talks are free and open to the public, and are held at NET Studios, 1800 N. 33rd in Lincoln. If you are unable to attend, the talks will be streamed live online beginning at 2:00 pm at Seating is limited and pre-registration is required. Call OLLI at 402.472.6265, or e-mail


Nebraska Chamber Players name has rich history

The name Nebraska Chamber Players signifies a new beginning for our ensemble, but the name carries with it a bit of history as well, as related to us in an e-mail from Aleta Collier, a professional violinist performing and teaching in Lincoln.

Aleta writes, "Some of us are still around who were in the first Nebraska Chamber Players that Arnold Schatz founded [many years ago] out of the Lincoln Chamber Players. I have the first one in my resume." That group eventually became known as the Nebraska Chamber Orchestra.

Arnold Schatz (1930-2011) was a well-known violinist in Lincoln, serving as a UNL faculty member and concertmaster of the Lincoln Symphony for many years. He was founder, concertmaster and resident music director of the Nebraska Chamber Orchestra from 1975 to 1993. We are honored to pay homage to such a great musician, and pleased to be able to share Mr. Schatz's dedication and love for chamber music.



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